This bundle includes:
1. A digital PDF of the Teacher Resource Guide from the Teaching Music textbook
2. An mp3 recording of the work
Grant County Celebration, part of Alfred’s Challenger Band Series for young bands in the sixth and seventh grades, was composed in the fall of 1991, shortly after Williams left the field of teaching to pursue a career as a full-time composer and arranger.
Williams describes Grant County, in eastern Washington near the Big Bend of the Columbia River, as “dry, open, flat, with irrigated farm land, and an occasional tumbleweed, very much the wild west, and beautiful in its own way.”
It is a single-movement work, approximately three minutes in length, with three distinct sections, the character of which are described by Williams as “a heroic statement of the wild west, a second theme reflecting the strong Spanish culture in the region, and a slow section reflecting the loneliness of the open west.”